“New Life” was taken last year in the Minot Rose garden in response to a call for artists by the Brookline Arts Center in conjunction with the Friends of the Minot Rose Garden. The Friends of the Minot Rose garden do such fantastic work maintaining the garden; they cannot be thanked enough! I planned this photo shoot because I knew exactly what I was hunting for and what I was going to submit to the jury. I waited for a night of rain before going to the rose garden in the morning. I was very delighted when I arrived because everything had fallen into place for a perfect morning of flower photography. The overcast sky was still present and the roses were still covered in rain drops. Red, yellow, pink, purple, orange; roses of all colors were just waiting to be photographed. I immediately started shooting, moving from one floral motif to the next, and making my way around the garden a few times. During the shoot I noticed the beauty of the rose leaves and started composing around them. “New Life” with its vibrant green color and intense veins represents the beginning of a new life; it conveys energy to make your dreams come true.